2017 Mathematics AS/A level Specification Changes
What's happening and how can MEI help you?
This information on this webpage is impartial and is relevant for the 2017 specifications from all awarding organisations.
Information about the OCR (MEI) A levels is available on our MEI specification pages.
New AS and A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics have been introduced in England for first teaching from September 2017. The changes include:
- New linear structure: AS has been decoupled from A level, and all assessment will take place at the end of the course. Exam questions may draw on the content of the whole A level.
- New emphasis: There is more emphasis on problem solving, reasoning and modelling, and a requirement for the use of technology to permeate teaching and learning.
- New content: The content of AS and A level Mathematics is fixed. It includes pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics (including analysis of large data sets) - see our comparison and summary. There is some choice in content for AS and A level Further Mathematics.
What support are you looking for?
This diagram suggests sources of information and professional development to suit your needs.
MEI has developed a package of support for the new AS/A levels, including:
- Staying informed: Keep an eye on this webpage. You can also register for free to receive our updates.
- Professional Development: We are offering a programme of CPD courses to support you through the transition.
- Scheme of Work: We have written a suggested Scheme of Work. It is intended for use with any of the specifications, and it is editable so that you can adapt it.
- Teaching and Learning resources: We are developing our Integral online resources to support all of the new specifications for AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. We are also adding new features to support classroom and independent study. More information about the new version of Integral.
- Advice: We have put together a list of FAQs about the changes. If you can't find what you are looking for, email Stella Dudzic, MEI's Programme Leader for Curriculum.
MEI has designed its own specifications for these qualifications - the OCR(MEI) specifications. MEI will provide additional support for centres adopting these specifications. For clarity, each course and resource has been tagged with a symbol that show whether is relevant for all of the specifications, or just for the OCR(MEI) specification.
You can find out more about the awarding organisations' new specifications and the support they intend to provide at the links below:
Eduqas has confirmed that they do not intend to develop new mathematics AS/A level specifications.